Today's Groupon finally gives you and your favorite food something to bond over, with $40 worth of Cajun fusion cuisine at Gumbo Jumbo for $20. The restaurant is a Top Five Best Cajun/Creole Restaurant in the Bay Area, an honor it earns as much for its lively atmosphere as for its unusual choice of cuisines to fuse together. If you bring along your whole Mardi Gras krewe, you can fuse two Groupons together for tables of four people or more.
Marching into the ocean each morning with nothing but a net and a high-powered laser, the dedicated cooks at Gumbo Jumbo make sure the day's seafood is fresh. Dig into a full menu of crispy calamari ($8); crawfish egg rolls ($8); and mushrooms stuffed with dungeness crab, sprinkled with blue cheese crumbles and parmesan, and served over field greens($8) until you find the crustacean that stole your boat. For something a little closer to home, Gumbo Jumbo's famous Gumbo Jumbo brings together chicken, hot sausages, fire-roasted bell peppers, gumbo, veggies, and Creole seasoning in a New Orleans roux to reinvent the great American melting pot as a tempestuously feisty vat of yum ($5 for a cup, $8 for a bowl). Champion stilt eaters will salivate over a stare-down with king crab legs served up either Cajun-style, covered in garlic, steamed, wok fried, or in tamarind (market price), while plant-eaters will get a square meal with veggie jambalaya ($13) and Cajun lemongrass tofu ($12).
Completing the Mississippi delta atmosphere is the live music that fills the restaurant's warm, stylish interior every Friday and Saturday night and earns the restaurant Metroactive's pick for Best Jazz/Blues Club. Buy a few extra Groupons for your tastiest-looking shellfish friends, then pretend to look shocked when they end up on your plate steaming and sizzling with Asian, Cajun, and Casian spices.
Yelpers give Gumbo Jumbo three stars:
Downtown San Jose
80 N Market St
San Jose, California 95113Get Directions